Hyundai vehicles have a reputation for being fuel efficient, reliable, affordable and practical above all else. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport doesn’t shake up that winning formula, but what might surprise car shoppers is just how capable the new, sporty crossover is when it comes to towing and hauling.
Since peak travel season will soon be upon us, towing items like campers and toy haulers will be a common task for many people. While it’s useful to know what you can tow driving an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, it’s just as useful to know what you can’t tow so you can ensure any summer road trip is a safe and successful one.
Santa Fe Sport Towing Specs
The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes in three trim levels: a base Sport, Sport 2.0T and Sport 2.0T Ultimate. The base engine pumps out 185 horsepower and 178 pounds of torque, while the two turbocharged, 2.0-liter engines boast a more powerful 240 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. All told, the Sport features a 2,000-pound towing capacity while the optional turbocharged models can haul an impressive 3,500 pounds worth of cargo.
If 3,500 pounds seems like a pretty big number for a midsize, fuel efficient SUV, that’s because it is! The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate stack up impressively well against the competition, matching the towing capacity output of the Kia Sorento and Ford Edge.1
So, What Can It Tow?
It’s easier to understand towing capacity when looking at real life examples rather than just the numbers. These are some common items the 2018 Santa Fe Sport can safely and securely tow.
Most Pop-Up Campers – Camping enthusiasts will be happy to hear the Santa Fe Sport is more than capable of hauling different varieties of pop-up campers. RV specialist website, RvingPlanet.com, recently compiled a list of the five best travel trailers that weigh less than 3,000 pounds, all of which would pair well with the Santa Fe Sport.
Small Boats – Boat weights fluctuate greatly depending on the type of boat and model, but in general, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate have the necessary power and then some to haul select pontoon, fishing, utility and other modestly sized boats to the dock or slip. For example, an average pontoon boat with the motor attached weighs around 2,200 pounds, and a pontoon trailer weighs as much as 1,200 pounds.2
Recreational Vehicles – ATVs, Jet Skis and dirt bikes are all fair game for Santa Fe Sport drivers. Even the base engine, which hauls up to 2,000 pounds, has more than enough oomph to haul at least one Jet Ski or ATV secured to a trailer to the lake or sand dunes. The turbocharged trims will likely be able to carry two and a few passengers.
Moving Trailers – Are you sending someone off to college this year? The Santa Fe Sport provides plenty of cargo room and towing capacity to get them there with all their belongings in tow. Depending on the load and trailer company, common five-by-eight-foot trailers weigh between 900 to 1,800 pounds, and six-by-twelve-foot trailers weigh between 1,920 to 2,480 pounds. Both sizes are right in the Santa Fe Sport’s towing wheelhouse.
Towing Capacity Without Sacrificing Practicality
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport provides drivers with a unique combination of affordability and utility. Whether you’re commuting or embarking on a family adventure with your toys in tow, the Santa Fe Sport has you covered, providing a high towing capacity, 71.5 cubic square feet of cargo space and an impressive 24 MPG combined on base models.
Volume Hyundai has a number of new and certified used Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sports in stock and ready to be driven home today. Explore our online inventory to check the availability on new and used models, or give our Milledgeville location a call at (478) 387-4361 for more information.